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Consider how 'The Darkling Thrush', 'To Autumn' and 'To A Mouse' Convey a Sense of Time and Season to a Reader

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Consider how 'The Darkling Thrush', 'To Autumn' and 'To A Mouse' Convey a Sense of Time and Season to a Reader I am going to compare the poems 'The Darkling Thrush', 'To Autumn' and 'To a Mouse'. They all convey a sense of the end of the year and they use the landscape in relation to the seasons as references in the poems. In the poems 'To Autumn' and 'To a Mouse' the poet gives out a sense of sadness and death; this is similar to 'The Darkling Thrush' but Thomas Hardy, the poet of 'The Darkling Thrush', changes his whole attitude to Autumn after the second verse as the tone completely changes to being delightful and optimistic "In a full hearted evensong" This gives an energetic air to the poem as it suddenly changed from dull to exiting. "At once a voice arose among the bleak twigs overhead." Here, the beginning of the second verse, the poem abruptly changes and everything appears to become alive. Robert Burns' poem, 'To a Mouse', is very apologetic in the sense that the poet accidentally destroys a mouse's home and then spends the rest of the poem trying to compensate the mouse. ...read more.

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The poem begins with autumn at the peak of fulfilment and continues the ripening to an almost unbearable intensity. Initially autumn and the sun "load and bless" by ripening the fruit. The day, like the season, is dying. The dying of day is presented favourably, "soft-dying." Its diminishing also creates beauty; the setting sun casts a "bloom" of "rosy hue" over the dried stubble left after the harvest. Keats accepts all aspects of autumn; this includes the dying, and so he introduces sadness; the gnats "mourn" in a "wailful choir" and the doomed lambs bleat. Here, Keats chooses to use the word "lambs" instead of sheep. This has a different effect all together on the reader as lambs are the equivalent to children and so it gives a better result. It is a "light" or enjoyable wind and the treble of the robin is pleasantly "soft." The swallows are gathering for their winter migration. Keats blends living and dying, the pleasant and the unpleasant, because they are inextricably one; he accepts the reality of the mixed nature of the world. 'To a Mouse' is surely one of the finest poems written by Burns, containing some of the most famous and memorable lines ever written ...read more.

Conclusion

The imagery changes from poem to poem because in 'To a Mouse' and in "The Darkling Thrush' you always have a picture in your head of a scene with the character of the poem constantly in it, also you are seeing a story unfold but in 'To Autumn' the reader sees landscape pictures as there is nothing to concentrate on except the trees and wildlife in general. The three poems all, towards the end, I think, look towards the future in various ways. In 'The Darkling Thrush' the poem suggests hope for the future showing the poet has changed is mind and possibly looking forward to the future. In 'To Autumn' the poet is suggesting that the day is dying and everything around him is dying with it but at the same time Keats is implying happiness and joy in the end showing what he thinks. Maybe this ending is how Keats saw his life ending and telling his family and friends to be happy while they mourn him. Finally in 'To a Mouse' I think the ending sums up the hopelessness that Robert Burns was feeling at this stage of his life and how he knows he is getting old and doesn't have long left to live. James Rocke 1 ...read more.

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